How to Create Video Game Characters
D.L. Cade has published a story on PetaPixel which answers some of the mysteries of video game character creation. Part of the small army responsible for creating FIFA 14 is called the EA Sports Capture Lab. This team creates headshot captures of athletes with 18 DSLRs. The images are then mapped to 3D models for further game development.
Connecting 18 cameras in nine pairs to computers and making sure everything comes off without a hitch is done with the help of one trigger: a tried-and-true PocketWizard Plus® II.
Clickin Moms, the largest, fastest-growing, members-only online community of women in photography, is offering an educational session with Melody Hood called “Creating Light with Melody Hood.” Full details are available here.
“Creating Light” is a Breakout Session that gives you an inside look into the thought process that goes into determining how, when, and why you should light your subjects. Covering everything from metering to hiding unsightly backgrounds, Melody will explain how she lights everything from everyday sessions to wedding receptions.
Welcome to the first edition of PocketWizard’s Making Radio Waves roundup. As we come across interesting shoots utilizing PocketWizard technology, we’ll be putting them together in a series of posts, featuring links to the original sources where you can learn more about the shots, the shooter, and the gear. We hope you enjoy this, and look forward to you sending us any content you think might be appropriate.
Chris Garrison recently created some outstanding environmental portraits of Pat Panakos, the mastermind behind the Projects wake park. His blog post features some of the images, meta data, gear list, a useful lighting diagram, and a great video. Chris used PocketWizard Plus III Transceivers and the PocketWizard PowerST4 Receiver for Elinchrom RX.
PocketWizard Announces New Nikon Power Cable for Use with MiniTT1®, Plus® III and MultiMAX® Radios
New Power Cable (PW-DC-N10) offers greater flexibility for photographers working with Nikon Digital Single-Lens Reflex cameras
So. Burlington, VT – June 19, 2013 – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, announces the immediate availability of a new Nikon Power Cable (PW-DC-N10) for use with the PocketWizard MiniTT1 Transmitter, the Plus III and MultiMAX (version with USB port) Transceivers and any Nikon Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera equipped with a Nikon 10-pin remote terminal. The new cable provides a PocketWizard radio, mounted in the camera’s hot-shoe, the power it needs to operate from the camera.
By using the tidy (6-inch long) power cable, Nikon users ensure that their PocketWizard radio is ready when they need it because the camera keeps the Transmitter/Transceiver always awake for the fastest reaction time. And, since these PocketWizard radios use very little power, it has almost no impact on a camera’s battery life. This is especially helpful for users of the MiniTT1, whose coin-cell battery can be hard-to-find when needed.
The Nikon Power Cable (PW-DC-N10) is available now at an estimated retail price of $20.00. Additional information about this new cable and other PocketWizard accessories can be found on the PocketWizard website, here.
Incorporating the latest radio technology, PocketWizard radio triggers exceed the demands of the professional and serious amateur photographer with durability, ease of use, advanced capabilities and legendary reliability. PocketWizard products, including the PlusX, Plus III, Plus II, MultiMAX, MiniTT1, and FlexTT5 are made by LPA Design, based in South Burlington, Vermont and sold by distributors around the world.
Free update provides compatibility with several new cameras and dramatic improvements to HyperSync®, further removing the barrier to x-sync limitations.
So. Burlington, VT – June 12, 2013 – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces today a major update to its ControlTL firmware for the MiniTT1®, FlexTT5®, PowerMC2 and PowerST4 radios and minor updates for the Plus® III and MultiMAX® radios.
The new ControlTL firmware (version details below) provides compatibility for several new Canon and Nikon cameras, greatly improves the performance of PocketWizard’s exclusive HyperSync feature and resolves bugs in previous versions. It is available now as a free download using the PocketWizard Utility and it is strongly recommended that all current owners of the MiniTT1, FlexTT5, PowerST4 and PowerMC2 update all their radios to the latest firmware for best performance. Any current owner of the ControlTL system can easily install this version via USB connection and update their PocketWizard radios for free. Complete details are available at the PocketWizard site here.
The new firmware includes complete compatibility for the Nikon D600 and D3200 cameras and manual power control compatibility for the Canon EOS 6D, EOS-1D X and EOS Rebel T4i cameras.
In addition to the new camera compatibility, this new firmware version offers significantly improved HyperSync flash performance. This exclusive feature offers photographers the ability to use studio flash well beyond their camera’s normal x-sync speed, for greatly expanded creative control.
The first “Tutu Pink” Plus III radios available as a pair. ©Bob Carey
Previously the Carey Foundation has auctioned off “Tutu Pink” Plus III radios one at a time and raised over $1300 for the Foundation. They’ve now decided to auction of a pair of radios in hopes of raising more funds to provide support to women diagnosed with breast cancer, survivors, and their family members.
The first pair of only 2o limited edition “Tutu Pink” PocketWizard Plus III radio triggers has been made available via an eBay auction. These rare radios will be signed and numbered by photographer Bob Carey. Donated by PocketWizard, all proceeds go to support the Carey Foundation.
Be the first person to own two of these rare gems. Fully functional, even the backlighting is pink. Once these 20 are gone, that’s it. No more. Ever. All proceeds go to a great cause. Below is the text accompanying the auction.
The winning shot, ©Austin Thomas
Austin Thomas is the winner of the PocketWizard April Photo Contest. Based in Northwest England, Thomas is an outdoor enthusiast and longtime bird watcher. His photography centers around wildlife, and he was kind enough to share images of his remote camera setup which produced his winning image. In addition, there is a brief interview with Thomas, where he discusses his bird watching, gear, and photography.
Here’s today’s press release regarding last weekend’s Tutu Project event in New York City, and the start of several exciting auctions to benefit the Carey Foundation.
Auction Begins for PocketWizard® Plus® III Radios in Support of the Carey Foundation’s “Tutu Project”
Twenty “Tutu Pink” Limited Edition Radio Triggers Helping to Raise Funds and Awareness for the Breast Cancer Community
South Burlington, VT – May 10, 2013 – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announced today that bidding has begun for twenty, very special edition radio triggers, molded in “tutu pink” and signed by photographer Bob Carey.
One of only 20 pink Plus III PocketWizard radio triggers made for Bob Carey’s Tutu Project and The Carey Foundation. Photo ©Bob Carey
We previously covered the Tutu Project event in New York City, which was to be held on March 22nd. Due to a family matter, the event was postponed, and will now be held on May 3 and 4.
Last September we released our short film about photographer Bob Carey and his personal endeavor called “The Tutu Project.” Using PocketWizard technology, Bob employed remote camera triggering to take self-portraits of himself in a pink tutu. With his wife Linda undergoing chemotherapy treatments, she and her fellow patients enjoyed the photos. This led to The Tutu Project and the creation of the Carey Foundation to support women undergoing breast cancer treatment.
The series has proved incredibly popular, with media coverage from CNN, The Today Show, the BBC, and countless other media outlets. Last fall Bob photographed himself and survivors at a series of halftime events at NFL games.
PocketWizard is proud to announce it is co-sponsoring an event to celebrate the Tutu Project’s first anniversary. The event will be held at The Lab NYC, 122 West 26th Street, New York City, on Friday, May 3rd and Saturday, May 4th, 2013.
The PocketWizard Plus III, one of the most popular models in our current line of products, has new firmware available in the form of version 1.200!
One of the most noticeable differences to be found in the new firmware is the new system to monitor battery level. In our previous firmware, battery level was conveyed solely by color, but in firmware revision 1.200 we have changed this to be more intuitive and even easier to read. Now when the battery is between full and fifty percent the Status LED will blink green once, when between fifty and twenty-five percent the Status LED will blink amber twice, and when below twenty-five percent the Status LED will blink red three times.
Along with the improved battery indicator we have also made adjustments that improve communications between the Plus III and the MultiMax as well as improved compatibility with several older flash models. To read about these changes read the Plus III Firmware 1.200 release notes.
To update your radio simply plug your radio via USB into your computer and open the latest PocketWizard Utility (version 1.54) and the option to update will come up automatically. If you do not have the latest PocketWizard Utility, find it on our Downloads page.